This course is aimed at those with an interest in both practical acting and English literature. You’ll enhance your performing skills to industry-standard, while simultaneously studying English literature in its cultural-historical context. The course is split evenly between the study of English literature and the study of acting.
English is studied from the early 19th century to the present day providing a modern, interdisciplinary approach to literature. You’ll develop an appreciation of different genres and explore the value of literature in the modern world.
Practical acting projects will work alongside the English texts you’re studying. You’ll read, analyse and perform texts of a similar era at the same time, deepening your understanding of both literature and acting.
The ability to develop, play and sustain a character in performance
Enhancing your vocal range and potential
Enhancing your physical capabilities
You’ll also get vocational and industry-relevant training through intensive workshops, centred on acting for stage and screen and on the craft, practice and business of performance.
Throughout the course there will be a particular focus on enhancing confidence and communication, and deepening the ability to be cogent and articulate about a variety of critical approaches and the process of performance. You'll benefit from studying in a vibrant city with a great literary heritage and plenty of relevant cultural events.
You’ll prepare for work in live and recorded performances. The course culminates with the opportunity either to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or to produce a thesis in a chosen subject area, depending on where you decide to concentrate study in your final year.
This unique combination of skills and knowledge will equip you with a wide range of options for work or further academic study.
What you study
- Critical Contexts: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
- Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature and Culture
- Acting Fundamentals I
- Acting Fundamentals II (Naturalism)
- Interpreting Text
- 19th Century Literature and Culture 1 or Literature & Adaptation
- Modern Drama
- Shakespeare and the Renaissance
- Fundamentals of Directing
- The Modern Novel
- Intermediate Acting (20th Century Drama)
- Shakespeare Workshop Performance
- C21 Literature: Writing the Unfolding Present
- Advanced Acting (Style)
- Directing II
- Leadership in the Creative Industries
One option module from:
- Women’s Writing & Film-making
- Unacknowledged Legislators: Poets in History and Society
- Science fiction: text and film
- Performance Workshop II
- Festival Production
One option module from:
- Postcolonial Fiction and Film
- Modern Scottish Fiction
- Lateness and the Modern
- The Gothic Tradition
- Performance Skills for Professional Practice
- Memoir, Documentary and the Essay Film
- Fictions of Terror
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Minimum year 1
BBCC including Grade B in English.
Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement
BCCC including Grade B in English.
You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.
CCD including Grade C in English.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System:
B3, B3, B3, B3 at HL including English
New Grading System:
H3, H3, H3, H3 at HL including English
Pass HNC in a relevant, performance based subject, with Grade B in the graded unit. Grade B in Higher English also required.
BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Award of Diploma with 26 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 5, 5, 5 including English.
Minimum year 2
SQA Advanced Higher
BBC including Grade B in English.
BBB including English.
Pass HND in a relevant, performance based subject, with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units. Grade B in Higher English also required.
Other entry requirements
As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be invited to attend an audition and interview. This applies to all years of entry.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no element below 6.0. For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact email@example.com
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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